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SM Adam volume 11/11


[12] Design for a ceiling for the withdrawing room (now demolished), 1759


Plan of a rectangular ceiling with a canted bay. An oval band of octagonal coffering encloses a diamond of husks. The central oval panel of the drawing has been cut away and the current panel affixed


to a scale


Cieing for the Right Honble Admiral Boscawen His With Drawing Room

Signed and dated

  • 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pen and wash on laid paper (491 x 425)


Adam office hand, possibly Agostino Brunias. The affixed central panel is by the same draughtsman as the rest of the drawing


Bolton, 1922, Index p. 17
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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